Employers Can Now Monitor Employee Laptops

When Bristol Myers Squibb had one of its management trainees arrested for allegedly stealing confidential information, its Information Security Department used a method that should make employees everywhere think twice about typing up their illicit plans.

In an article on the Industry BNET website, Jim Edwards says BMS caught Jhaveri by making an image of his laptop and remotely monitoring all activity on it, using forensic software. That’s how they found out, by reading e-mail on Jhaveri’s Gmail account, that he planned to use the company’s confidential information to set up his own company in India.

The drug company GlaxoSmithKline recently installed software that gives employees remote access to company servers via their laptops, but insists it will not use the software to monitor reps’ activity when they are working offsite, Edwards writes.

To read the article and link to a copy of the Jhaveri complaint, please click here: